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The Irish Chamber Orchestra joins forces with award-winning theatre director Patrick Mason to present an original piece of music theatre, based on the life and work of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

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Following their successful collaboration in Berlin earlier this year, Irish-born soprano Ailish Tynan celebrates Christmas with the ICO, singing Handel’s moving aria I Know That My Redeemer Liveth from his popular Messiah. She performs popular Christmas carols including O Holy Night, by Adolphe Adam. This offers the irresistible combination of operatic drama and technical difficulty to Ailish who also performs the much loved traditional Irish Christmas carols including the Wexford Carol and a haunting rendition of Don Oíche úd I mBeithil

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Widmann continues his mission performing Mendelssohn Symphonies and other prodigious works. Nowhere is the composer’s precocity more evident than in those early lost sparkling Sinfonias written at circa 14 years and only re-discovered in Berlin in 1950. Symphonies No. 3 and 7 make their scintillating way through a fertile field of merry fast movements and atmospheric, thoughtful andantes.
They book-end the programme and are performed by small groups of musicians allowing you to get to know them more intimately.

Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet was the fruit of a long friendship and a love both for the instrument and its player, Clarinetist Anton Stadler. With the skillful handling of the most fluid chamber textures, Mozart conjures solo arias, duets, dances and choruses from an ample cast of five.

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Gábor Tákacs-Nagy and the Irish Chamber orchestra present a very special Haydn project as Gabor selects landmark chapters from Haydn’s life which he shares with audiences over the coming seasons. At thirty, Haydn began a lifelong relationship with the wealthiest of Hungarian nobility, the Esterhazy family, where he spent the next 30 years of his life as vice-Kapellmeister.

Celebrated Hungarian cellist István Várdai was last year’s winner of the Prix Montblanc, an international award for rising young stars. He performs Haydn’s infamous C major Concerto, composed during this Esterhazy period and only rediscovered in 1961. Described as “the single greatest musicological discovery since the Second World War”, it is full of fire and spirit.

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The Irish Chamber Orchestra’s exciting creative camp for kids is back this summer with a spectacular Mardi Gras celebrating 40 years of the University of Limerick, from Monday 29July – Saturday 3 August. If your children are aged between 8-12 years, they can experience a wonderful week of music, drama, dance and art, in a state-of-the-art facility, at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.

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Feet First

Katherine Hunka directs the ICO’s Feet First Summer Tour which offers a kaleidoscopic range of music combining old with new sounds.
A visually stunning dance and performance treat sees dancer Colin Dunne direct the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s latest commission (by Kinsale-born composer, Linda Buckley), from his feet. Dunne is internationally renowned for his performances and choreography in Riverdance and Dancing on Dangerous Ground. He was nominated for a UK Critics Circle National Dance Award for performances at The Barbican in Fabulous Beast’s production of The Bull (2007). His first solo show Out of Time premiered in January 2008.

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European Tour

The Irish Chamber Orchestra presents a dazzling programme which features some of Mozart’s most popular works and showcases the multi-talented Jörg Widmann as a soloist and composer.

The Irish Chamber Orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Partner Jörg Widmann highlights his many talents as a clarinettist, composer and conductor. As one of Germany’s best exports, Widmann has performed with such greats as András Schiff, Christoph von Dohnányi, Kent Nagano and many more.

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The Irish Chamber Orchestra and Conductor Pekka Kuusisto will feature works from Veress, Pärt, Tüür and Britten in the Main Evening Concert at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in Bantry on 30 June 2013. Barnabás Kelemen on violin, Ioonas Ahonan on piano and Claire Booth Vocalist.

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Express Yourself

The Irish Chamber Orchestra’s community initiative Sing Out with Strings celebrates its 5th birthday this year, in true party style at University Concert Hall, Limerick on 21 June @ 1pm.   Over 300 children aged 4 – 14 years take to the stage at University Concert Hall with members of the Irish Chamber Orchestra and […]

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The Irish Chamber Orchestra is joined by the National Chamber Choir, conducted by Nicholas Kraemer. Kraemer is Permanent Guest Conductor of the Manchester Camerata, Principal Guest Conductor of Music of the Baroque, Chicago and Principal Guest Conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra.

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